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Department of Justice
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 23, 2019

District Man Pleads Guilty to Second Degree Murder while Armed in 2016 Shooting and Solicitation of Murder

           WASHINGTON – Quincy Green a/k/a Wayne Wright, 37, of Washington, D.C. pled guilty today to a charge stemming from an incident in May 2016 in which he shot another man multiple times, causing the victim’s death. Green also pled guilty to another charge, in which he solicited the murder of the girlfriend of a potential witness for the trial of the May 2016 murder, U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu announced.

           Green pled guilty in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia to one count of second-degree murder while armed and one count of solicitation of murder. The plea, which is contingent upon the Court’s approval, calls for a prison sentence of 17 years. The Honorable Craig Iscoe scheduled sentencing for November 1, 2019.

           According to the government’s evidence, during the early evening hours of May 19, 2016, in the 800 block of Southern Avenue, S.E., the defendant followed behind the decedent, Dana Hamilton, as he walked down the street.  As he approached Mr. Hamilton, the defendant retrieved a firearm from his person and shot the decedent multiple times. The defendant then fled the area. 

           Members of the Metropolitan Police Department responded to the scene, and Mr. Hamilton was taken to a local hospital, where he subsequently succumbed to his injuries and was declared dead a short while later.

           Following jury selection in the trial related to Green’s murder of Mr. Hamilton, on November 17, 2018, the Government disclosed the identity and plea and cooperation agreement of a witness expected to testify against the defendant.  Upon learning this information. Green wrote a letter to another individual in which he solicited the murder of the cooperating witness’s girlfriend.   

           In announcing the plea, U.S. Attorney Liu commended the work of the detectives, officers, and mobile crime technicians who worked on the case from the Metropolitan Police Department. She also expressed appreciation for the assistance provided by the FBI’s Cellular Analysis Survey Team. She acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Supervisory Paralegal Specialist Sharon Newman; Paralegal Specialists Kelly Blakeney and Lashone Samuels; Victim Witness Specialist Jennifer Clark; M. Laverne Perry, Lesley Slade, Tanya Via and all of the Victim/Witness Assistance Unit; Investigative Analyst Zachary McMenamin; and Litigation Technology Specialists Leif Hickling, and William Henderson.

           Finally, U.S. Attorney Liu commended the work of Assistant U.S. Attorneys Charles J. Willoughby, Jr. and Kevin Flynn, who investigated and prosecuted the matter.

 

Press Release Number: 
19-155
Updated August 23, 2019